Review of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 30
Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted.
Rocky asked me to test their Slayer SXC (Super Cross-Country) full-suspension all-mountain bike. I own a Rocky Mountain Element and had previously tested their new Altitude frame so am familiar with Rocky’s build quality and their well-deserved reputation for detailed well-thought out excellence. I specifically asked for a lower-end model as I’d been riding high-end pimped out bikes for the last few years and feared I was getting a bit jaded. There’s really not much fault you can find in a $ 6,000 bike after all (well Buffy, the carbon parts don’t quite match …..). Accordingly Rocky set me up with their lowest end bike of the line – a SXC 30 in size 18″.
Rocky has a fair amount of bike design experience and the Slayer SXC is not new so I didn’t expect to be surprised. Although it has evolved somewhat, the SXC has existed in this current design incarnation since 2006. It’s basically a single pivot design employing Rocky’s LC2R (Low Centre Counter Rotating) suspension technology. Technology bafflegab aside this technology is meant to result in a very plush ride with it’s strength being highly tuneable suspension. The Slayer SXC is intended to fill the all-mountain gap for riders who are biased towards downhill. As befitting the lowest-end component spec bike, no components stood out for their sheer look-at-me factor; instead the bike was a workmanlike solid build that did its job without fuss.
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